95% of New Haven Roads to Be Passable by Mid-Day Tuesday
(2/11/2013) (New Haven, CT). By mid-day, 95% of the roads in New Haven will have been made passable. Passable means that enough snow has been cleared as to allow for emergency vehicle passage, usually a one lane path. Once all roads have been made passable, all streets will be revisited for more extensive snow removal. This process has already begun on main arterial roads.
The City of New Haven’s message to residents remains the same: please stay off the roads to allow clean up crews to continue the intensive snow removal process without impediment. Hundreds of abandoned cars—left by people who thought that roads were passable but ended up getting stuck—were scattered across the city. This has only served to prolong the City’s snow removal efforts.
The City has stepped up its towing efforts and will be towing any car that is obstructing passage on any street. As of 5pm today, 119 cars were towed.
The following school lots are open for resident use. Residents are urged to use these lots as an alternative to on-street parking and to aid the City in clean up efforts.
Adult Ed, 560 Ella Grasso Boulevard
COOP, 177 College Street
Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Street
High School in the Community, 175 Water Street
Hill Career, 140 Legion Avenue
Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Parkway
The weight that the rain has added to roof top snow is becoming problematic. The City’s building inspector, Andy Rizzo, ordered J Press on York Street to temporarily close due to structural concerns. Additionally, a 12-unit apartment building at 335 Fountain Street was evacuated and condemned as its roof began to collapse under the weight of the snow and rain. No one was hurt and residents are being assisted by the Red Cross.
“Stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe so we can clean up our City and make sure everyone is safe,” said Mayor DeStefano. New Haven City Hall, New Haven Public Schools, the Library, Senior Centers, Yale University and Gateway Community College are all closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th. The downtown parking ban will also remain in effect through the end of the day on Tuesday.
Residents can sign up to receive automatic storm updates (via email or automated phone call) by going to http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/EmergencyInfo/optin.asp
Residents can also call 203-946-SNOW (7669) to hear the latest pre-recorded storm update.